Valediction facts for kids
A valediction (or complimentary close) is a phrase used to say goodbye at the end of a letter. It also refers to the act of saying goodbye to someone. It comes from the Latin vale dicere, which means "to say farewell". Valedictions are normally written before the signature in a written message. The words used usually express respect or regard for the person to whom the message is written.
In old letters, Yours truly was often replaced with a longer sentence, for example:
- I beg to remain, Sir, your most humble and obedient servant,
- A. Name
Yours sincerely is used when the person sending the letter knows the name of the person receiving the letter.
Yours faithfully is used when the person who is receiving the letter is not known by name (i.e. the recipient is addressed by a phrase such as "Dear Sir/Madam").
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